New 3DS games on the way, but Kid Icarus faces delay

Posted by Kate Taylor

Nintendo is promising 3D video capture for its 3DS handheld, and has announced a slew of new games.

From November, a new system update will allow users to record and view in 3D. The system update will also give a new reason to live for people who have conquered all the StreetPass challenges in StreetPass Mii Plaza, with a set of new tasks.

Two new Mario games – one platformer and one racer – are also in thepipeline, along with what the company says isthe largest game-development project in Nintendo history: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the Wii.

"The 2011 holiday season offers up multiple must-have Nintendo games for both experienced players and newcomers," says Scott Moffitt, Nintendo executive vice president of sales and marketing. "Shoppers know they can count on Nintendo to offer amazing entertainment experiences at an unbeatable value."

On November 13, Nintendo will release the Super Mario 3D Land game for the 3DS, which uses the device's built-in gyro sensor feature. It will feature propeller blocks and will have StreetPass functionality.

Mario Kart 7 will follow on December 4, and will include a new optional first-person driving mode that is controlled using the gyro sensor. It also introduces new playable characters like Lakitu and Metal Mario, and a tricks system like the one in Mario Kart Wii.

The company's flagship game this fall appears on November 20, and marks 25 years of the game. Nintendo says that more than 100 staff have been working for five years on this, so it better be good.

It includes a new approach to game play, says Nintendo, and more than 100 minutes of cinematic cut scenes. There's a boss challenge mode and optional hint movies to help players along.

Next year, Nintendo is promising a previously unannounced 3D Mario tennis game for the 3DS and a new 3D instalment in the Animal Crossing franchise. There should also be new games in the Luigi's Mansion and Paper Mario franchises.

Kid Icarus: Uprising for the 3DS is going to appear later than promised, though, and will  now launch in 2012.

The new releases come less than a month after Nintendo slashed the price of the 3DS by 40 percent in order to revive its flagging fortunes.

But while sales shot up immediately after the price cut, they've since levelled off - and Nintendo needs to make a lot of money from games to compensate.